Cybersecurity

Nuclear energy has faced no shortage of obstacles over the past several years, although the biggest threat to date has been economics. Existing facilities have struggled to compete with cheap natural gas — which can be turned on and off to respond to grid demand — and subsidized wind power — which sends electricity to the grid no matter what. However, reactors could become more competitive soon. Exelon managed to win Zero Emission Credits for nuclear generation in the states of Illinois and New York, while Pennsylvania may be next. Meanwhile, the handful of new reactors in various stages of construction have been mired in costly budget overruns and delays, an unfortunate side effect of America’s lack of investment and nurturing of nuclear technology and institutional knowledge in the last 50 years. We literally don’t even know how to build nuclear reactors anymore. But economics may no longer be the biggest threat. A series of recently uncovered cyberattacks hint that hacking may be a worrisome new risk for existing nuclear reactors.

Madison 9th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 17 August 2017

Old Nuclear

If you are noticing more jellyfish in the sea on your holiday this summer, the blame may lie just over the horizon. Scientists have discovered that offshore wind farms and oil and gas platforms inadvertently provide an ideal habitat in which the gelatinous creatures can thrive. Until now, the explosion in jellyfish numbers in oceans around the world has been largely blamed on over-fishing, which wipes out their natural predators, global warming and nutrient run-off. But now it seems that man-made structures offer an enticing home for polyps – the tiny organisms which eventually grow into jellyfish. Too many jellyfish in the sea not only signal the deterioration of marine ecosystems; they also clog the intake pipes of shore-based power stations and desalination plants.

Telegraph 12th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 14 August 2017

Hinkley B

UK day-ahead baseload prices edged higher Wednesday tracking the NBP gas market, and on an unplanned outage at EDF Energy’s 504-MW Hinkley Point B nuclear power unit-8 on Wednesday.

Platts 10th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 11 August 2017

Magnox

This document sets out how the Magnox Inquiry team will request information from the NDA and how the NDA will respond. It also sets out how that information will be held and used once in the possession of the inquiry. The Magnox Inquiry is looking into the award of the Magnox decommissioning contract by the NDA and its subsequent termination.

BEIS 8th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 11 August 2017

Radhealth

Linda Walker: It is hard to know where to begin in responding to the Podium headlined ‘Cast aside your fear and embrace nuclear energy’ (Gazette July 13th). Dr Brooks states that there was no risk to the population after the accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima. Since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, 99 children have developed thyroid cancer and been operated on to remove their thyroid glands. In Britain this disease is extremely rare in children – around one case per million children. 300,000 children were examined near to Fukushima and almost a hundred of them had thyroid cancer! It was thyroid cancer which was the first disease to emerge in children after Chernobyl and many thousands of children developed the disease as a result of ingesting radioactive iodine. Initially there were many who tried to ascribe the health issues in Belarus to ‘radiophobia’ as Dr Brooks has done. But this cruel dismissal of the genuine fears of parents was soon shown to be wholly unjustified. There have been many other health problems in the population in Belarus, the country worst affected by Chernobyl, rises in many other types of cancer, heart disorders, bone diseases, cataracts, blood diseases in children which are usually only seen in the elderly, diabetes and many children born with disabilities and genetic defects. Today, many of those who were young children at the time of the accident have children of their own. Babies are being born with leukaemia or other cancers, or with genetic disorders. As the director of a Chernobyl charity, I meet many of the young mums in the cancer hospital, and we invite them out for recuperation in the UK with their child if their treatment is successful. And we have a hospice team who support families at home, many of whom have babies born with genetic disorders, Not all will be as a result of Chernobyl but undoubtedly many of them are.

Radiation Free Lakeland 7th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 8 August 2017

Chernobyl

Children from Chernobyl got to see the sea for the first time thanks to Weston-super-Mare Lions Club.

Weston Mercury 5th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 6 August 2017

Sizewell B

Members of a watchdog group say communities in east Suffolk are potentially missing out on millions of pounds because the Government does not classify spent fuel from Sizewell B as nuclear waste. Used fuel rods from the nuclear power station are being kept in a dry fuel store – with ministers no closer to finding a site for a national geological disposal facility for radioactive waste. Four years ago after Cumbria rejected a plan to bury the waste deep into rock near Sellafield, Whitehall officials said communities would get up to £40million if they allowed a site to be used as a dump. Meanwhile, members of the Sizewell Stakeholder Group (SSG) have argued that Sizewell is already fulfilling such a use as it keeps nuclear waste in its new £200million dry fuel store, though the Government refuses to allow the spent radioactive elements to be called nuclear waste – and so the Leiston, Sizewell, and Aldeburgh area is not entitled to receive any Government grant aid in mitigation. Some SSG members have voiced concern over the length of time the spent fuel could be stored in the casks at Sizewell B, and that the amount at the site will clearly increase if the twin-reactor Sizewell C plant is built. The dry fuel store is designed to hold 100 years-worth of spent fuel – long beyond the remainder of the expected 60 years of operation of the power station. Inside the store, fuel elements removed from the reactor are welded into a metal canister and then encased in stainless steel and concrete. The Environment Agency has disputed the description of the spent fuel – saying it is not waste but could be reprocessed and re-used.

Ipswich Star 1st Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 3 August 2017

Uranium

The demand for uranium looks dicey, given the deteriorating economics of new nuclear projects and an aging reactor fleet–they estimate that some 40% of operating reactors will be decommissioned by 2035, with fewer new units brought online to replace them.

Barrons 1st Aug 2017 read more »

Kazakhstan has chosen August 29 for the opening ceremony of the first Low Enriched Uranium Bank (LEU Bank), being established in Kazakhstan under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). August 29 also marks the International Day against Nuclear Tests as designated by the United Nations and this year on that day it is also the 60th anniversary session of the Pugwash movement of scientists aimed at nuclear disarmament.

EU Reporter 24th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 3 August 2017

Hinkley Point B

A WORKER at Hinkley B cracked vertebrae after falling through a skylight at the nuclear power plant. EDF and contractor Doosan Babcock have been told they need to make improvements to safety after an investigation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation. The Doosan Babcock employee cracked vertebrae following the fall in April this year, and the following ONR investigation ‘revealed gaps in compliance of legal requirements by the licensee, EDF, and contractor Doosan Babcock’. Improvement notices have now been served to both companies. EDF confirmed the man is set to make a full recovery.

Somerset County Gazette 28th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 29 July 2017

Radhealth

The Harm Caused by Radioactivity Prepared for the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan by Gordon Edwards, Ph.D., July 2017.

CCNR 27th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 28 July 2017